Some Windows 10 users found that OneDrive was broken after installing the latest round of patches for the operating system, and Microsoft has now confirmed this issue.
As Neowin (opens in new tab) detected, the issue was caused by the October patch for Windows 10, KB5018410, released a few weeks ago. OneDrive and OneDrive for Business users may be affected (with various reports (opens in new tab) bugbear manifesting itself on Windows 10 21H2 and 22H2 installations and disappearing when the patch is uninstalled).
This specific bug is capable of causing OneDrive to “close unexpectedly” Microsoft admits or generates an error message in certain cases, namely when you:
- Sign out or unlink your account in the Microsoft OneDrive sync app
- Uninstall the OneDrive sync app
- Unlink sites or folders from syncing to your device from Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Teams sites
The KB5018410 patch has also caused Microsoft Edge related issues for some users, who may find that the update removes the Microsoft Edge Legacy version without replacing the browser with the new Edge app as it should.
Analysis: A quick resolution with some luck
Okay, so what can you do about this OneDrive headache? Well, not much at this point, other than removing KB5018410 to get the cloud storage service back to normal operation. The downside is that the patch contains important security fixes and obviously you will be without this protection after dropping the update.
However, Microsoft indicated in a dashboard status update that a fix for the bug is not far off. The company he wrote (opens in new tab): “We are working on a resolution and we estimate that a solution will be available within the next week.”
Presumably this means the cure is coming next week, although this is just an estimate from Microsoft of course. So if the gremlin is buried deeper in the works than you think, and other complications arise during the fixing process, it may take longer to arrive. As always, let’s hope for a quick and painless cure here.